Pigeon Park Will Not Be Pursued

about 1 month ago

In May / June 2019 the City advertised the proposed name 'Pigeon Park' for reserve number 52419. There were 33 submissions on this item with 32 not supporting the proposed name.

Based on the responses received the proposed name ‘Pigeon Park’ does not have broad community support so will not be pursued. There was a strong preference for Nyoongar naming and consulting with Whadjuk Elders.

The City of Fremantle Walyalup Reconciliation Action Plan was adopted on 26 June 2019 and action 14.3 is to "Identify (with Walyalup Reconciliation Reference Group, and/or Elders Group) opportunities as they present for naming/ co-naming locations, streets, parks etc as they present, such as Booyembarra Park."

Nannine was investigated with a sub-group of the Walyalup Aboriginal Reference Group for naming and does not appear to have connection to Nyoongar history.

South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (Whadjuk Working Party which represents traditional owners) previously endorsed the use of Cower (an adjoining street name and Nyoongar word) and the Geographic Names Committee gave conditional approval.

The City will consider an alternative name to Pigeon Park in consultation with traditional owners and a report will be presented back to Council for consideration, prior to public comment. Further updates will be provided.

The survey report can be found in the document library on this page.